Post #1009 • May 25, 2007, 11:19 AM • 17 Comments
This sounds like fun.
art walk is in full stride on the Upper East Side, covering some 600 years of endeavor from exquisite medieval
gold-ground paintings to rambunctious 20th-century Conceptual photographs. In
Masterworks of Six Centuries each participating gallery explores a theme, so that at the end of the three-block stroll you may have earned a pocket briefing in art history and a sense of time well spent.
In truth, Alison Lapper Pregnant [a sculpture by Marc Quinn, currently installed in Trafalgar Square] ...shows that we value people for what they are rather than what they achieve. In our era of the politics of identity we seem more interested in celebrating individuals' fixed and quite accidental attributes - their ethnicity, cultural heritage or in Lapper's case, her disability - rather than what they have discovered or done in the world outside of their bodies. We prefer victims to heroes. (AJ)
It was the late 1960s, and [Richard] Serra was in Jasper Johns's studio, preparing to make a splashed-lead piece: red-hot metal flung forcefully and artfully at the wall and floor. Mr. Johns, who had commissioned the piece, wanted to open the skylight to let out the lead fumes. He got a ladder, climbed it, opened the skylight, descended, put away the ladder, sat down and gulped a shot of whiskey. Then he took up a brush and very deliberately made a mark on one of his paintings in progress.
Department of Administrivia: Artblog.net now has working stylesheets for print and handheld devices. The print CSS shows pages without ads, site graphics (although images remain intact), navigation, or recent articles. The handheld CSS has been made appropriately humane for the small screen.
WDBA Report: I made good on my goal to add twenty articles to the Walter Darby Bannard Archive this week. Excepting pieces that have either gone missing or need oversized efforts to convert to usable text (a comment on the format, not the content, natch), the archive is pretty much complete from the beginning (1966) to 1974. Needless to say, there is some crazy good stuff in there.